mira nair


To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even know her name until today, but the second I connected the dots to her work I was jumping out of my seat with excitement at the prospect of hearing her lecture. The rich, vibrant colors and textures in Monsoon Wedding are what initially drew me in to that film, but the multi-layered dynamics of the family are what made me love the movie and in turn led Ronda to use it as inspiration for her wedding. Oh, and all those marigolds!

Mira Nair fascinates and inspires me. From humble beginnings in rural India, she has become an internationally-recognized director. She knows where she comes from and she knows who she is. It radiates from her. She has followed her heart in life, and it shines through in her films.

In response to a question from the audience, she offered the following advice for reaching your dreams. Have focus, drive and the courage to take rejection. Ah yes, taking rejection. It’s not an easy thing to master. But, like everything else, you get better at it with practice.

She spoke of boarders in both the literal sense of geography and metaphorical sense of the limitations or boundaries we set for ourselves as artists. Her films touch on the boarders around race, identity and belonging. What boarders do we put on ourself? What if nothing was impossible? She said she chooses to direct films she knows that only she could direct and only those who embrace the world fully with know themselves.


Oh, and you better believe I’ll be flying to New York to see Monsoon Wedding when it hits Broadway as a musical next year!

Her company is Mirabai Films.

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  1. James says:

    Can’t believe I missed it. Great story

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